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post #76 of 130
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Originally Posted by drizzt3117
Well, some baths in Budapest are coed and others are segregated by sex. The last time I was at Gellert, which was segregated by sex, there were three men standing very close to each other weighing one of the men on one of those manual scales. It looked... less than innocent. I gave them a wide berth.
How long ago were you there Drizz? I was in the Pest bathes this summer and it seems they've thrown out the segregation thing most of the time. I still think they have men's and women's nights though.

A.
post #77 of 130
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Originally Posted by Aaron
How long ago were you there Drizz? I was in the Pest bathes this summer and it seems they've thrown out the segregation thing most of the time. I still think they have men's and women's nights though.

A.

I was in Budapest in the fall/winter of 2003. They are not segregated in the "public" areas but there are "private" areas where people are more scantily clothed. This was at "Gellert"
post #78 of 130
WaaaHoooooo!!!!

My first post, ya'll!! You be the lucky ones today!!

What makes me laugh at the gym? Seeing a fat guy at the gym.

What makes me cry at the gym? BEING the fat guy at the gym.

THAT'S why I don't GO the the gym!

BwaaaaaaHaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaa!!!
post #79 of 130
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I hear you, but I do have to give props to some of the folks who are grossly unfit and either physically unable to do more than a few minutes of exercise or just have no idea what they're doing, but are making an effort anyway. For some of these folks, it must take a real effort of will just to put themselves into a crowded gym in revealing clothes and subject themselves to the risk of embarrasment, whatever. For the folks in this situation who are genuinely sucking it up and trying to improve their health/life/whatever, I tip my cap.

QFT. You've always got to start somewhere. I used to weigh 120 lbs at 6'. Biggest obstacle to overcome for me was being too self concious about my skinny appearance. Also, starting bench pressing with 2x10lb weights at the each end was def. embarassing, but you gotta start somewhere
post #80 of 130
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
Today there was this old guy that would clap his hands together, slap his belly, and then perform the salute that the germans used to do for hitler and start marching back and forth a couple times. He repeated this routing about 20 times. I thought i was in the twilight zone. It is definitely the weirdest thing I have ever seen at the gym.


haha, this post comes directly after the few about naked old men.

All I can see is a naked old guy clapping his hands, slapping his belly, marching around and saluting hitler in the nude.
post #81 of 130
I haven't been to a gym since acquiring a rack. I now have pretty much everything I could want for a home gym - power rack, bench, Olympic and standard weights, trap bar, imitation Airdyne bike, homemade kettlebell, wrist roller thingy, Captains of Crush grippers, hex dumbbells, medicine ball.

So yeah, I'll never again have to see 135-lb teenagers on their fourth chest-and-arm day of the week. Never again with the guy curling the bar in the squat rack. Never again with the lady doing 20 minutes on the treadmill before drinking a 600 calorie fruit drink. Never again with the guy who yells on 10-lb lateral raises. Never again with "I subsist only on whey protein so I fart like a nitro-burning funny car" guy. Never again with "bacne and sweat but no towel" guy.

I am alone with my own irritating eccentricities.
post #82 of 130
I'm a pretty serious lifter and push some pretty big weights for my size...

On numerous occasions I have had small asian men watch as I complete my set and then load up the squat rack next to me with exactly the same amount of weight. Of course, small asian men cannot actually squat 300-400 pounds and the resulting "exercise" is usually a monstrosity with about a 2 inch range of motion. In one case, I saw a man descend with the weight on his back unable to stop the momentum of the bar and become pinned between the bar (sitting on the safety rails) and the ground. In another case, a man was unable to actually *unrack* the weight in which case he just stood there grunting for a minute or two.

In general I find personal trainers a great source of humor. Some of the exercises they invent (particularly those including the balance balls) for middle-aged women are often hilarious.

Then of course you have your young males in the gym who are plagued by imaginary lat syndrome (ILS) in which they walk around the gym with their arms spread out a foot from their sides as if they have monstrous lats. Often they run in large packs and can be seen executing "exercises" in tandem such as the bench-press/row combo in which the spotter does half the work.

And then there are the "football players" and "athletes" who get that astonished look on their faces as I easily military press a great deal more weight than they are bench pressing. Of course they spend most of their time in the gym doing worthless bicep curls, pectoral fly, and other isolation exercises...
post #83 of 130
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Originally Posted by Goblin
I haven't been to a gym since acquiring a rack. I now have pretty much everything I could want for a home gym - power rack, bench, Olympic and standard weights, trap bar, imitation Airdyne bike, homemade kettlebell, wrist roller thingy, Captains of Crush grippers, hex dumbbells, medicine ball.

So yeah, I'll never again have to see 135-lb teenagers on their fourth chest-and-arm day of the week. Never again with the guy curling the bar in the squat rack. Never again with the lady doing 20 minutes on the treadmill before drinking a 600 calorie fruit drink. Never again with the guy who yells on 10-lb lateral raises. Never again with "I subsist only on whey protein so I fart like a nitro-burning funny car" guy. Never again with "bacne and sweat but no towel" guy.

I am alone with my own irritating eccentricities.

Pretty damning indictment of the gym-going crowd!

My gym experiences in the past several years have included the gym at university and the World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF), where my brother used to work. People at the latter tend to be goddamned serious about their workouts, so it provided very little amusement.

My one big peeve at the gym is the people who mosey along on the exercise cycle or some such thing while casually reading a magazine (almost always women). If you don't sweat, it doesn't count.
post #84 of 130
It's when (typically) kids/teenagers do not put the weights back on the rack. They are bench pressing anything from 85 to 225 pounds, they finish and then they get on their cell phones/play grab ass and move to another piece of equipment, leaving the weights for the next person either to 'use' or more likely re-rack for them. If I see it happen, I typically say something, otherwise I don't laugh or cry, but otherwise just fume.
post #85 of 130
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Originally Posted by JFTomlinson
WaaaHoooooo!!!!

My first post, ya'll!! You be the lucky ones today!!

What makes me laugh at the gym? Seeing a fat guy at the gym.

What makes me cry at the gym? BEING the fat guy at the gym.

THAT'S why I don't GO the the gym!

BwaaaaaaHaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaa!!!
Thanks for sharing.
post #86 of 130
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Originally Posted by JFTomlinson
WaaaHoooooo!!!!

My first post, ya'll!! You be the lucky ones today!!

What makes me laugh at the gym? Seeing a fat guy at the gym.

What makes me cry at the gym? BEING the fat guy at the gym.

THAT'S why I don't GO the the gym!

BwaaaaaaHaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaa!!!

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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Thanks for sharing.

and sharing your intelligence with us.
post #87 of 130
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
My one big peeve at the gym is the people who mosey along on the exercise cycle or some such thing while casually reading a magazine (almost always women). If you don't sweat, it doesn't count.

That's mine too. I do wind sprints on the treadmill often these days because of time constraints. I hate it when I am waiting for some lady who walks for 45 minutes at about 3 miles per hour. That is not exercise. That is what you do when you are window shopping or going down the street for a coffee or groceries. That is my commute.
post #88 of 130
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Originally Posted by johnapril
I saw a guy working a kick bag--real all tough city for the night--do a roundhouse kick, and the sweat on his foot made him slip: his foot slipped out from underneath him and he landed on his side. Pretty funny.

Hmmm... that's happened to me
post #89 of 130
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
That's mine too. I do wind sprints on the treadmill often these days because of time constraints. I hate it when I am waiting for some lady who walks for 45 minutes at about 3 miles per hour. That is not exercise. That is what you do when you are window shopping or going down the street for a coffee or groceries. That is my commute.

Last week I had one such woman--who was waiting for me, while I was doing sprint intervals--ask me whether my intervals "do any good" with a half-sneer. I was waiting to see what she was gonna bust out once I got done with my 20 minutes of sprint 1min/jog 1min intervals, which I was sorta proud of. I was really feeling my Cheerios that day, I guess. Anyway, she walked at 4 mph for 30 min and called it a day. I resisted the urge to ask her, "Does that do any good?" I just didn't feel like being an asshole that day, I guess.
post #90 of 130
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
That's mine too. I do wind sprints on the treadmill often these days because of time constraints. I hate it when I am waiting for some lady who walks for 45 minutes at about 3 miles per hour. That is not exercise. That is what you do when you are window shopping or going down the street for a coffee or groceries. That is my commute.


I hate to disagree, but getting your heart-rate up by simply walking can be very good exercise. It might not do much for you given your level of fitness (I'm assuming) but for a middle-aged to older person it can be good for them. Even at my younger age I've had a doctor plead to "do something to get your heartrate up for 30 minutes a day" and I'm not in bad shape.

b
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